As the New York Times
detailed yesterday, Al Gore has, in the last few years, become a very, very rich man, thanks in large part to a number of investments he’s made in companies that profit when governments make policy driven by climate-change panic.
Of course, the reason so many governments are making policies driven by climate-change panic is because of, well, Al Gore. Credit where it’s due, the man’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, probably did more to sell the average voter on the belief in man-made, cataclysmic global warming than all the work of Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations. And few people have his kind of solid connections in Washington, D.C.-- the kind that helped a small California firm, in which Gore’s firm took a healthy stake, find its way to $560 million in federal grants.
The former vice president is only telling it like it is when he says he’s put his money where his mouth is. “Do you think there is something wrong with being active in business in this country?” he says. He’s certainly not the first guy to try pushing politics in the direction of his business interests. High-powered environment-industry lobbyists are just the newest kid on K Street.